Thursday 1 January 1970

Screening of the film “In the name of God” by Anand Patwardhan

Proiezione del film

On the occasion of the exhibition Indian Highway, MAXXI is offering rich programme of events running in parallel with and expanding upon the show. MAXXI B.A.S.E. is hosting a screening of the trilogy by the multiple prize-winning Indian director Anand Patwardhan, a documentary filmmaker frequently censored in his homeland but internationally renowned for his work investigating themes of social commitment and political activism.

Saturday 8 October 2011, 17.00
Screening of the film In the name of God (India, 1992)
MAXXI B.A.S.E. multi-purpose hall – free admittance

Ever since obtaining independence in 1947, India has officially been a secular state and yet religious fundamentalism is a widespread phenomenon, especially among the Hindus. The film focuses on the campaign conducted by the militant Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to destroy a 16th Century mosque at Ayodhya, said to have been constructed by Babar, the first Mughal emperor.  The episode resulted in major religious disorder and numerous deaths, especially following the demolition of the mosque by the Hindus in the December of 1992 when over 5,000 people were killed in India and Pakistan. Filmed prior to the demolition of the mosque, In the Name of God examines the motives of all the parties involved in the conflict.

Duration 75 minutes

*Filmfare Award, Best Documentary, India, 1992
*National Award, Best Investigative Doc. India, 1992
*Ecumenical Prize, Nyon, Switzerland, 1993
*Documentary Prize, Freibourg, Switzerland, 1993
*Citizen’s Prize, Yamagata, Japan, 1993

Camera, Editing: Anand Patwardhan
Sound: Pervez Merwanji, Simantini Dhuru
Production and Editing Assistance: Paromita Vohra, Pervez Merwanji,
Narinder Singh, Simantini Dhuru, Jabeen Merchant, Shashi Mehta

Forthcoming events
Saturday 3 December 2011, 17.00 Father, Son and Holy War (1995)
Saturday 14 January 2012, 17:00 War and Peace (2002)